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Saturday , December 29 , 2012
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Drink-driving check nets 30

- Tight vigil at important traffic points

Dec. 28: Denizens out to party on New Year’s eve should take care not to get caught with their blood alcohol content beyond the permissible limit of 0.03 per cent, with traffic police personnel undertaking random checks.

Traffic cops, with breathalysers in their hands are randomly checking motorcycle and car drivers at traffic points and catching those violating the permissible limit of alcohol content. More than 30 people have been caught by traffic cops and cases registered on charges of drink driving in the past three days.

Although some people have raised hygiene question about putting the plastic pipe of breathalysers into multiple mouths, officials today said they were using disposable pipes to check drunk drivers.

“There should be no confusion among the people about our drive. We are using plastic straws, like those used to sip beverages and we are using new straws for all persons being checked. Once we put the pipe into the mouth of the person, we can see his/her alcohol content instantly and the built-in printer generates the data automatically. We show it to the person and those found with permissible limits of alcohol content are allowed to go,” a senior official of Guwahati traffic police told The Telegraph today.

Traffic police had started a special drive on December 26 to check drink driving ahead of the New Year celebrations. A team of traffic cops is checking vehicles at Ganeshguri, Zoo Narengi junction, Jalukbari, in front of TC Girls’ School at Ambari and other traffic junctions and taking necessary action.

There are at least 10 breathalysers being used by traffic cops at present.

The additional superintendent of police (traffic), Prashanta Saikia, said the blood alcohol content or blood alcohol concentration is the level of alcohol in blood. “According to the Motor Vehicles Act, a person with a maximum of 30ml alcohol content per 100ml blood is allowed to ride a motorcycle or drive a car and we register non-FIR cases against those found violating the limit. We are receiving at least 10 such cases since we launched the special drive,” he said.

“If we find a person with more than the permissible level of alcohol content, we seize the car or motorcycle and keep the person in our custody and allow him to go back the next day. We also try to inform their family members,” Saikia said.